We may be in the digital age, but you won’t receive an email that you have to pay a fine.

Who Is It Targeting: Residents of the state of Florida

What Is It: A very official-looking traffic citation on state letterhead

What Are They After: Scammers hoping to frighten you with the loss of your license or other more serious penalties have been emailing their victims with what appears to be a traffic citation, complete with citation number and location the alleged incidents took place.

The only lawbreakers here, though, are the senders of the phony citations. The state DMV has confirmed they are not behind these emails, and that you will never be required to pay through an emailed link.

How Can You Avoid It:

  • Never turn over personal information or payment due to an emailed form.
  • If it’s possible that the citation is legitimate, simply contact your state’s division of motor vehicles using a verified phone number—NOT a phone number listed in the email—and inquire.

If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530. Find more information about current scams and alerts here.